Newb Question - Tobacco Still 'ok'?

Post Reply
Hogfan
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:42 am
Location: Arlington, TX

Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:48 am

Hello All,

I am new to the hobby and have a question. I purchased several tin tobaccos about 3-4 years ago when I tried to get into pipe smoking. I used them for a while and enjoyed it but stopped for some reason. I have recently started again and still have those tobaccos in the tins. I am wondering if they would be ok to smoke or if it is best to just pitch them? Also, I am trying different tobaccos at the moment and want to sample a lot but afraid of wasting if I don't smoke it soon enough. I only smoke on weekends so it takes a while to get through a tin. What is a recommended "shelf life" if stored in a tin vs a "sealed" jar?

Thanks!
This post by Hogfan liked by (total 3):
Bro UhahaJTWilliamsMikeDennison
User avatar
Ruffinogold
The Mayor
Posts: 1938
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:48 pm
Location: Mineral Bluff , Georgia

Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:03 am

If the tins sealed well enough last you used them and their contents aren't brittle , you're good to go . It's best to keep them jarred . Their is no reccomended shelf life . It depends on the seal and moisture of the blend . Often times a tin that has been opened and hand tightened will last a goid while . People have mentioned years before with all kinds of results from fine to damn near dust. But it's best to jar them . If you do , you'll not haveca issue for sure
This post by Ruffinogold liked by (total 4):
Bro UhahahoutenzielJTWilliamsMikeDennison
" Ya don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows " 13th apostle
User avatar
Bro Uhaha
Member in Good Standing
Posts: 576
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:27 pm

Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:11 am

There are some guys who primarily smoke aged tobaccos: 3, 5, and 7 years old and beyond. When you open an older tin that was factory sealed there may be some whitish crystalline 'bloom' on the tobacco, which is a product of the sugars in the tobacco and is actually desireable to some. Bloom is not to be confused with mold, which will have a hairy appearance. If the tobacco is highly discolored or 'hairy' I suggest that you pitch it.
This post by Bro Uhaha liked by (total 2):
JTWilliamsMikeDennison
'Ahab could discover no sign in the sea.' -Melville
User avatar
houtenziel
Codger in Training
Posts: 2564
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:58 pm
Location: Field of Arbol

Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:09 am

Welcome to PSF!

I will just add - some tobaccos can change quite a bit, especially when not in a perfectly sealed environment. The loss of humidity can also take with it flavors that were added to the tobacco. Unsurprisingly this has a pretty large effect on aromatics, but it can also effect other types of tobacco - particularly Latakia which tends to drop off in intensity even in a sealed environment.
The only reason I say any of this is just to point out that it is possible that these blends may not be representative of a fresh, or even jarred and aged sample of that same blend. If you smoke them and they all seem flat, do not be discouraged. Buy some fresh tins and give them another go.
This post by houtenziel liked by (total 3):
Bro UhahaJTWilliamsMikeDennison
User avatar
kxg
Junior Member
Posts: 80
Joined: Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:42 pm
Location: S.W. Kansas

Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:51 am

As long as it's not moldy, as per above, give it a go. What have you got to lose? Of course if it bursts into flames, it may be too dry. Good luck & enjoy!
This post by kxg liked by (total 4):
Bro UhahaJTWilliamsMikeDennisonFr_Tom
User avatar
JTWilliams
Active Member
Posts: 318
Joined: Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:53 pm
Location: Norfolk, Virginia

Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:38 am

kxg wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:51 am
As long as it's not moldy, as per above, give it a go. What have you got to lose? Of course if it bursts into flames, it may be too dry. Good luck & enjoy!
Seconded!
This post by JTWilliams liked by (total 2):
MikeDennisonFr_Tom
"Yeah, well, y'know, that's just like, uh, your opinion, man."
-The Big Lebowski
Hogfan
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:42 am
Location: Arlington, TX

Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:56 pm

Awesome. Thanks for yall's quick replies!
This post by Hogfan liked by (total 4):
MikeDennisonFr_TomJTWilliamsBro Uhaha
User avatar
MikeDennison
Senior Member
Posts: 2288
Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:18 pm

Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:07 pm

Hogfan wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:56 pm
Awesome. Thanks for yall's quick replies!
That's just how we roll. 👍
This post by MikeDennison liked by (total 3):
Bro UhahaFr_TomJTWilliams
"I realized I had the gift of seeming to know more than I actually did." -A.J. Cronin-
User avatar
Kevin Keith
Grand Poobah
Posts: 3269
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:59 pm
Location: Cowtown

Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:45 pm

It's fine. Smoke it up.
This post by Kevin Keith liked by (total 3):
JTWilliamsBro UhahaMikeDennison
Post Reply